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COLUMN SIXTY-THREE, SEPTEMBER 1, 2001
(Copyright 2001 Al Aronowitz)

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Subject: A letter at twelve o'clock
Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 21:28:24 +0800
From: "umbrella hat" <umbrellahat@angelfire.com>
Organization: Angelfire (http://email.angelfire.mailcity.lycos.com:80)
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Dear Al,  (Mr. Aronowitz) ...its me again

I'm just writing to tell you some things. First off how much I appreciate your website. How much? VERY MUCH. I learned about the BEATS about a few months ago by accident. I was reading this poem on the net which sounded very much like an exhausted car engine. It kinda felt that way too. VERY Beep BOP.  I don't remember if the poem was good or not who cares? All's I remember waz the name Jack Kerouac. The way the words slip/ off your tongue. very ragged... very  Humphrey Bogart. very cool.

I had no idea who he was. He was in a poem. He must've been. Somebody important. I figured/Everyday I thank my lucky star that I stumbled into those  two precious words.  As a self proclaimed writer/struggling everyday/ nights too.

THE BEATS mean something like: two golden coins in your pockets that you jiggle/in your hands to remind you that there's Something beautiful/beatific about the struggle. Words can't describe how I felt when I read some passages of  On the Road/ and Naked lunch too. Something happens to your head.  That you just can't explain Try as I might.

In conclusion: What I really want to say is  that your website is a goldmine. It kinda makes me aware/feel how empty my generation is. though. All that history and jazz.

P.S. My thoughts are in fragments/ I still haven't read On the Road in its entirety or any of the so called Beat Books... I just can't find them anywhere.

over  here. every now and then I discover a fraction of a page/ or a poem or some thought/in the internet.

(I just needed to get these thoughts off my head)

Didn't mean to bug.

~

Em F.  ##

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Subject: Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN 55
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 11:02:57 EST
From: Howard217@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Merry xmas al, those of us who followed you in the old days are happy that you are back You are not blacklisted to us but still writing well and unlike most journalists you still have something to say, Keep up the good work. Howard DeWitt  ##

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Subject: Re: addendum
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 08:34:51 +1000
From: Bear <bear@thebear.org
To: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com

MR. OWSLEY, I PRESUME::  I think we did meet in the past, long ago.Thanks for your advice.  I suffered phlebitis in both legs (months apart)and still have blocked arteries in them with aneurysms in the back of each knee. But happy to see youre still alive and well as I am, though I'm 16 years your senior, currently suffering from gout, which keeps recurring from time to time and which now hobbles me.

Gout is a weird one, for sure, something to do with a mixed diet, unknown in those who eat only veggies or only meat (personally I follow the latter course).  Based on your article about the heart attack in which you said you were 68, and gave the date as 1996, I figure you to be 72, which is only 6 years older than I am (66, today) rather than 16.  

 Right now, I'm swamped, putting out a constantly expanding website each month, but I would like to link to your website in my peculiar way of making the link as part of my website. If you don't mind, I'd like to identify you by name, which is famous in the counterculture.  If you're in Australia, you're lucky.

Or smart.  I came here as a result of my dreams, outlined in my website essay on the Ice Age Storm.  Of course I found the best place on the planet and a far more democratic system (but still with major problems, such as Westminster executive and a "preferential" voting which restricts sitting parliamentarians to only two parties).  We have compulsory voting and this results in 96% turnout.  Since I believe voting should be a requirement of holding citizenship.  I see nothing wrong with fining those who don't register and vote, although removing all rights of a citizen from those who won't vote is just as good...  The weird (but widespread in the USA) idea that voting is a "privilege" and should be voluntary is utter nonsense, as you have seen in the last election.  The US is not, and never has been, a democracy.  Setting the voting day on a working weekday is symptomatic of a desire to limit participation--- we vote on Saturday.  The US is an avowed and declared elitist republic, the Constitution states so very clearly for anyone who cares to read it. The bullshit concept that a politically appointed and approved Supreme Court is anything but partisan requires an exercise in fantasy that I have always found incredible.

The U.S has been taken over by a coup and now homegrown Nazis are in control.

Coup? Nice phrasing but I do not agree.  I saw the whole fucked up mess, and it appears as though it was the result of utter and complete incompetence on the part of the public (who have not demanded a run off election), the Democrats (who failed to run on the outstanding record of the most popular and competent President in history) and all of those who run the voting system, who set up and allowed widespread vote fraud-- Florida itself has been famous for vote fraud since I was a little kid.  Ralph Nader, the third candidate, like Perot before him should have been cause for a run off, no one should take office unless approved by at least half of the actual votes cast, never mind that number may not represent a quorum of those eligible.   My figures suggested Clinton had only 15% or less of the eligible voters votes.  It is a travesty to call this result 'democracy', no matter how you cut it.

The bottom line is that almost no-one in the US believes that their vote matters, and that the ones who are elected will not do what people want anyway...  Root cause?  Corruption by the drug traders' massive resources of money has destroyed all hope of real government (see my essays)  That the US has an incompetent, evil and foolish illiterate for President is only fitting in a way.  I hope he doesn't do too much damage externally, the "800 kg gorilla" which is the armed and very dangerous USA threatens all of us globally.

I am very glad to be out of there.

Working alone, I need a 3-month lead-time and am now finishing readying my March 1 column.  I'm afraid I'll have to put your website in my April 1 column, with your permission.  To do so, I can use your bear as a graphic plus a little resume of who you really are andwhat you've done, a bio so to speak.  I am very happy to hear from you.

Best, Al

Please send me any text you plan to use so I can check it..  I don 't object to your linking.  I am about to add some more political essays.  I do the website to share my ideas as well as my art with others.  The (3-eyed) Bear is a central motif of the back cover art of Bear's Choice.

--

Cheers,

Bear 

http://www.thebear.org  ##

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Subject: Re: AGALIST
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 16:05:40 EST
From: MBCE9 9@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

al, i appreciate the heads up about the new issue. i can't wait to read it.  i dig what you're doing and i hope you keep it up.  I get a fucking groovy kick out of seeing your name when i'm reading books about the beats or even the BEATLES.   i'm reading this new goddamn tabloid book about John Lennon, "Lennon in America", the New York years, with Yoko at the Dakota and so on, and it mentions your name in it, in a harmless or benevolent way, so dont worry.  Keep fighting the good fight and keep me on your list, man.  

Truly,
Michael B. Cole,
Santa Cruz, California

 

Subject: Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN 58
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 15:51:20 EDT
From: MBCE99@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com
 

hey Al,  it's Michael here, im an actor and writer on the West Coast, and a college student who's studied the Beats.   We talked a bit before, some time ago, i think i was spending time in Santa Cruz, or San Francisco then.

Oh well.  Hey, keep up the good work.  This column and collection of writing you put together each time is fucking priceless.  The people and the issues involved, man, its a fucking miracle that you've kept the 'beat flame alive.' and i fucking praise you for it.  right on. hey, i just got an Allen Ginsberg biography from Shakespeare and Co., in Paris, and you're name was mentioned in it.  Thought that was cool. Graham Caveney's 'Screaming With Joy.' ok, talk soon, keep up the revolution of Poetic Truths upon the baseness of Man.

Michael.

 

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  Subject: Re: COLUMN 54
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 23:05:56 +0100
From: david_elek@t-online.de (David Elek)
To: "al aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Al,

My compliments. Ive only read the first story so far (the one about the Cuban in Africa), but it is superb.

David Elek

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Subject: HELP!!!
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 22:35:23 -0500
From: "Dorothy A Vickrey" <RACHELVICKREY@prodigy.net>
To: <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
 

HI!  MY NAME IS RACHEL VICKREY FROM A THREE-STOPLIGHT TOWN IN KENTUCKY (NO
EXAGGERATION THERE!).  I AM WISHING TO START A MAGAZINE OR A NEWSLETTER (THE
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AM SERIOUS ABOUT THIS AND MAKE SOMEWHAT OF A NAME FOR MYSELF IN THE
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THANK-YOU!
RACHEL VICKREY

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